One Packers player on the roster bubble at each position group

Green Bay Packers, Sean Clifford
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Most of the Green Bay Packers' roster building is complete, and the preparations for the new season are well underway. Green Bay kicked off organized team activities last week. Minicamp is just around the corner, which is the final stop before training camp begins in July.

The Packers wanted competition across the board, and there will be plenty throughout the summer.

Brian Gutekunst and Matt LaFleur have difficult decisions to make in the months ahead as they shape their initial 53-man roster. Many veterans are on the roster bubble and need to perform well between now and the Packers' roster cuts later this summer.

Packers on the roster bubble at each position ahead of 2024 season

Quarterback: Sean Clifford

Sean Clifford completed his only regular-season pass for 37 yards last year, and he impressed in the preseason. However, the arrival of Michael Pratt puts Clifford's roster spot in jeopardy. Many viewed Pratt as a mid-round pick in the draft, but he fell to the Packers in the seventh. Unless Green Bay keeps three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, Clifford will face tough competition from Pratt.

Running back: Emanuel Wilson

Green Bay signed Josh Jacobs, drafted MarShawn Lloyd, and brought back AJ Dillon. Jacobs and Lloyd are roster locks, although Dillon's contract highlights the Packers' lack of commitment to keeping him long-term. Assuming Green Bay keeps three running backs on the 53, Wilson will need to outperform Dillon, who the Packers trust for his reliable play as a runner, blocker, and pass catcher.

Wide receiver: Samori Toure

Samori Toure caught just eight passes for 78 yards in his second season with the Packers. The top four are set with Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, Jayden Reed, and Dontayvion Wicks. Beyond that, Bo Melton and Malik Heath stepped up and made plays last season. Toure faces competition from them, as well as second-year Grant DuBose, for the final roster spot at wide receiver.

Tight end: Tyler Davis

Tyler Davis is returning from a season-ending injury, and the tight end room looks different than this time last year. Luke Musgrave and Tucker Kraft have proven themselves as the Packers' future at the position, while Ben Sims also showed promise as the number three tight end. Davis needs to reestablish himself as a key special teams player and backup tight end to secure a roster spot.

Offensive line: Royce Newman

Royce Newman lost his top backup job to Sean Rhyan last season, and the Packers have since added four offensive linemen via the draft and undrafted free agency, all of whom can play at the interior positions. Newman needs to show significant improvements over the summer, or he will risk losing his roster spot to a rookie. Undrafted signing Donovan Jennings is a player to watch.

Defensive line: Jonathan Ford

The Packers have good depth at the interior and edge positions along the defensive line, placing Jonathan Ford's future with the team in doubt. Ford was a seventh-round pick two years ago but is yet to feature in a regular season contest. He spent most of last year on the practice squad. The switch to a 4-3 increases the need for defensive line depth, but with Kenny Clark, T.J. Slaton, Devonte Wyatt, Karl Brooks, and Colby Wooden ahead of him, Ford faces an uphill battle to make the roster.

Linebacker: Kristian Welch

Green Bay re-signed Kristian Welch this offseason but has since rebuilt its linebacker depth in the draft, selecting Edgerrin Cooper and Ty'Ron Hopper. Along with former first-round pick Quay Walker, Isaiah McDuffie, and core special teams player Eric Wilson, there may not be room for Welch on the 53-man roster.

Cornerback: Robert Rochell

The Packers also brought back Robert Rochell this offseason, but their depth at cornerback may limit his opportunities. Green Bay has Jaire Alexander, Eric Stokes, and Carrington Valentine as its top three outside options, with Keisean Nixon in the slot. The Packers re-signed Corey Ballentine and drafted Kalen King, who could play inside, which takes the total up to six. Rochell will need to outperform Ballentine or King to earn a roster spot.

Safety: Zayne Anderson

Despite Zayne Anderson's ability to play on special teams, the odds are against him making the roster this summer. At safety, the Packers signed Xavier McKinney and drafted Javon Bullard, Evan Williams, and Kitan Oladapo. They also have second-year Anthony Johnson Jr., who is expected to play an important role. That's five safeties almost guaranteed to make the roster. Anderson has work to do to ensure Green Bay makes room for him.

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